CogAT Testing

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August 21, 2017

Dear Parents:

The week of September 4, 2017 all Castle Rock Elementary students in Grades 3 and 6 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7). The CogAT is an assessment that indicates the level and pattern of cognitive reasoning abilities of a student in comparison to grade and age peers. These general reasoning abilities, which start developing at birth and continue through early adulthood, are influenced by experiences gained both in and out of school.

Also during this week, "referral" students in Grades 1, 2, 4, and 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming. The referrals for CogAT testing may come from the parent and/or the classroom teacher. Please connect with your child's teacher if you have questions regarding the referral testing. All students participating in the referral testing process must have the below documents signed and turned into the Gifted Education Facilitator at CRE, Nancy Mann. All three forms are available from the school's Gifted Education Facilitator.

  • CogAT Consent to Test Form
    • This form is required and will remain in the student's cumulative file
  • Gifted Education Referral Form
    • By requesting that your child take the CogAT, you are formally initiating the gifted identification process
  • Gifted Identification Parent Observation Form
    • This form is part of the body of evidence collected for gifted identification purposes:

The CogAT is comprised of three subsections:

Verbal: Measures a child's ability to remember and transform sequences of English words, to understand them and to make inferences and judgments about them.

Quantitative: Measures a child's understanding of basic quantitative concepts and relationships that are essential for learning mathematics. Tasks measure both the understanding of relational concepts and the student's ability to discover relationships and to figure out a rule or principle that explains them.

Non-Verbal: Measures reasoning using pictures and geometric shapes.

The results of these tests will serve several functions. First and foremost, the scores and reports will be used to inform instructional practices in the classroom. The scores will guide efforts to adapt learning opportunities to meet the needs and abilities of the students. The scores are also used as ONE component of the body of evidence to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming. Scores and reports from 6th grade testing will also be used in transition to middle school and help guide the creation of individual plans for early college and career readiness in conjunction with the Individual Career and Academic Plan.

We ask that you avoid scheduling any appointments that would require your student being absent from school during this testing window. You can help your student do his/her best on the CogAT by encouraging him/her to approach the testing with a positive attitude, and by making sure he/she has a good night's sleep the night before testing, and a good breakfast each morning of testing.

We appreciate your ongoing support. If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter please feel free to contact Nancy Mann: 303-387-5000 ext. 58624.


Deb Warr